chapter  37
8 Pages

Under the canopy, by the river

Covering stories in the Amazon and Congo basins and the importance of a “pantropical” journalism
WithGustavo Faleiros

The writer begins this chapter with an assignment by O Eco news agency in 2006. He would go on to become editor of InfoAmazonia, a digital platform founded in 2012, dedicated to coverage of the Amazon basin. He coordinated the launch of Geojournalism.org, and he also acted as the manager of Earth Journalism Network, where he helped create InfoCongo in Central Africa. “Over the years, we have seen the formation of networks of journalists that not only worked in a local area, but decided to cover a larger area. Some have organized themselves to provide opportunities for training and information sharing,” he explains. “This is true for the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), founded in 2012, and the Brazilian Environmental Journalists Network, which has been active for 20 years.” The writer helped create a Panamazonian project in 2009 that would link and train environmental communicators. In partnership with the Earth Journalism Network and International Center for Journalists, InfoAmazonia was founded “to support journalism in the nine countries of the Amazon basin, with special focus to the environment and the use of visually appealing maps.” This same model would later be used in InfoCongo. “InfoAmazonia and InfoCongo have brought a transnational approach to coverage. Journalists from various countries in these basins work together, promote meetings, and provide joint training opportunities.”